Sony Ericsson Arc S Review

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After shrugging off the bad memories of Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson is making a huge splash by releasing a number of Android smartphones this year and the Arc S is one of them. At first glance, the Arc S appears desirable, svelte and slim. In its entirety, the Xperia range is unique to Sony Ericsson and former X10 users will feel at home with the Arc S. Its 4.3” WVGA LCD screen is something you should take a look at. The absence of air gap under glass means that light won’t bounce between two different elements.

Compared to its predecessors, the Arc S has a bumped up raw performance with the 1.4GHz processor. The BrowserMark benchmarking result shows that the Arc S is twice as fast as the original Arc.

Also worth noting is its 8Mp camera, with the ability to record 720p videos at 30fps. The Arc S excels at low light thanks to its Exmor-R image sensor. The camera performs better than the original Arc’s camera, although the image sensor still seems to struggle with mixed color temperature. The Arc S offers a good battery life and tests show that the phone can play 720p videos continuously for more than four hours. The phone includes a Micro-HDMI port at the top and of the device and the 1GB of internal storage is complemented by an 8GB MicroSD card. Unfortunately, the physical buttons are slightly awkward and for some they could be downright annoying, for example the power button is small and difficult to hit accurately.